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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Spotlight Tuesday & Giveaway: Duty and Desire (Winds of Fire' #1) by Anju Gattani

Title: Duty and Desire
Series: Winds of Fire #1
Author: Anju Gattani
Genre: Family Saga
Publisher: Greenbrier Book Co.
Pages: 304


Book Description:

How Can Happiness Survive When Duty Clashes With Desire?

Sheetal Prasad has it all: youth, beauty, wealth and education. But when this modern Indian woman surrenders love for honor and marries into India’s most glamorous ‘royal family’, these very advantages turn against her and she is stripped of her freedom.

Meet the Dhanrajs — a powerful family bound together by a web of lies where infidelity, greed, secrets and hidden identities lurk beneath the lush tapestry. The Dhanrajs have plenty to hide and will do what it takes to mask the truth from the world.

As Sheetal peels back the layers of deceit, she confronts a haunting reality and is threatened by the blazes of passion she ignites.

What people are saying about Duty and Desire (Winds of Fire' #1):

- “A compelling glimpse into clashing influences affecting the wealthy in modern Indian culture, Duty and Desire offers intrigue, romance and growing spiritual awakening.”  – New York Times Best Selling Author, Haywood Smith.

- “Duty and Desire draws the reader into a culture of fascinating contradictions. A moving story of a girl’s transition to womanhood while forced to choose between family and self. Anju Gattani’s compelling debut captures the imagination.”—Shobhan Bantwal, award-winning author of The Dowry Bride.

- “Duty and Desire immerses us in the larger-than-life, decadent world of modern India’s ultra-wealthy families—a place sizzling with secrets and lies, love and betrayal. An intriguing, compulsive read.”—Anjali Banerjee, author of Haunting Jasmine and Invisible Lives.

- “Contrary to stereotypical portrayals of Indians, Gattani’s characters offer a glimpse into the lives and lifestyles of the super wealthy.  The author, however, manages to weave the elaborate descriptions within the confines of the storyline so it never feels deliberate or forced… there is plenty of room for universal appeal… The highly apt and befitting cover packages Duty and Desire into a desirable read, indeed.”NRI Pulse (April 2012)

Anju was born in India but grew up in Hong Kong. Her Indian upbringing and British education worked together to strongly influence her writing.

Anju’s fiction explores how the distinct mindsets and traditions of different cultures permanently shape people’s values, thinking, and behavior patterns—for both good and evil—despite the “leveling” effects of 21st century communications and travel.

Anju earned a Bachelors degree in English Literature in India and a teaching degree in the United Kingdom. She has also studied creative writing.

Anju has lived in Singapore, Australia, India, New Jersey and Connecticut. She now makes her home in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband and two kids. Anju is a columnist for a multicultural magazine in the USA. She is also an avid guest blogger, who loves to share her experiences in health and fitness, food, self-empowerment and great fiction reads.

Duty and Desire is her first novel.

Visit Anju at

Find the Author:

Enter below to win a Duty and Desire  SWAG pack! 

Pack will include: 1 gold-color wedding invitation, made in India, inviting readers to the fictitious wedding of Sheetal and Sanjeet Dhanraj in Duty and Desire.  The silk wedding invitations are hand-made and the color of Sheetal's designer wedding trousseau in the story.  These exclusive invitations are giveaways from the author only and cannot be purchased elsewhere.   1 post card of the cover of Duty and Desire 1 book mark with the cover of Duty and Desire

US & Canada only.

Go forth and enter, Zombies! :)

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  1. New author to me! This book sounds really intresting and the reviews make me really want to read it. Will be adding to my to-read books :)

  2. sounds like a good story makes you want to read

  3. Looking forward to reading this book!!!

  4. Thanks for the awesome giveaway. Please enter me. I would love to read this book.

  5. thanks for the giveaway

  6. The book sounds good.

  7. Sounds like a cool read:)

    Mindy :)

  8. I love your contests and reading your reviews. Well done!


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